What Jesus Did! 'Keep Your Faith to the End!' — Matthew 24:9-14

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Then people will treat you badly. People will give you {to the rulers} to be persecuted (hurt) and killed. All people will hate you. All these things will happen to you because you believe in me. At that time, many believers will lose their faith. They will turn against each other and hate each other. Many false prophets will come. They will cause many people to believe wrong things. There will be more and more evil in the world. So most believers will stop showing love. But the person that continues strong to the end will be saved. The Good News about {God's} kingdom will be told in the whole world. It will be told to every nation. Then the end will come."
— Matthew 24:9-14 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 24:9-14 NLT —  At that time, many believers will lose their faith.

Key Thought

If you read the story of the early Church in the book of Acts, this is a very apt description of the difficulties they faced as Christians taking the Gospel to others in a hostile world. They were beaten, arrested, martyred, left for dead, and despised. But not deterred! But not stopped! But not thwarted! Jesus' living and last word was that he had authority over all things. Upon his authority, they were to take the Message of his saving power to every culture. They were not to just be faithful, but they were to teach new disciples to be obedient and faithful. No matter what they faced, no matter what happened, they were to remember that he was with them. In the days when Christians are being persecuted simply for being Christians and so many in the Christian movement are sidetracked by sin, worldliness, and fear of offending someone else's sensibilities, Jesus' words are a sobering reminder that Satan will do anything he can to shut God's people up so the world will remain in darkness. But our heritage is a heritage of Good News, for all peoples, against all odds, and overcoming all costs!

Today's Prayer

O precious God Almighty, send your Spirit to rekindle the passions of your people to take your Gospel to all nations, no matter the cost. May we be found as faithful as those early disciples who set the world on fire with the message of your grace. In the name of Jesus, your ultimate Word, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt. 28:18-20
  • Heb. 10:37-39

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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